Goodbye 2011


 Hello 2012

This past year has been one of the most challenging of my life and probably the most defining in my children's lives and even though we don't know where the road ahead will lead we welcome in the new year with open arms and hope that all our troubles will stay far behind us, so here's to jumping feet first into a new chapter of life!

DIY: Lego Bracelet



 Zen spends most of his day walking around the house looking for his Lego figures so for Christmas I decided to make him something that he could attach them to and hopefully not loose then as much anymore, I know wishful thinking.


First go to your local thrift store or secondhand shop and find a big box of legos. 

I found mine at Goodwill for $11 and my son has already called dibs on the left over legos.

Sift through the lego box and find about 12-15 square shaped pieces.

  

 Then I used a 1/8 titanium drill bit and drilled a hole straight through each lego.

Be sure to use a titanium bit, they go through really easy and it won't melt the plastic.


After your done drilling the holes, string them with a semi-stretchy band. 
I used some plastic necklace string just slightly smaller diameter than the 1/8 hole we drilled which I found at our local craft store (Hobby Lobby, Michael's and Walmart should have what you need), it had enough give to stretch over my sons hand but left it tight enough not to fall off. Elastic may work fine too.

You might not use all ten legos or you might have to add a few more depending on the size of the wrist.



So far so good, no new missing ninjagos fighters or astronauts yet.

This day in 2009


ARCHIVES 2009: Last year I found this GIANT tea pot at the local W and decided to fill it with hot chocolate one cold November day, what a hit! It has turned into a fav of the kids and yes they drink the whole thing in one sitting with 4 tummy aches to follow.



Oh how that looks yummy!

DIY: Santa Beard Kits

The kiddos and I got pretty creative over the holidays thanks to Pinterest and so old ideas we had and reinvented them like these Santa Beard Kits we first did at Eco's "Christmas in July" themed third birthday party, poor Santa had to endure the 100+ degree weather that day. But what great memories we have of all the festivities!


First you'll need to get the bags of cotton candy(any flavor) they can purchased at any local grocery store, Walmart, ect. or you can rent a machine at your local party supply store. Since I have a commercial size Candy Floss cart I made ours by hand.***

Next I made the paper tags with brown wrapping paper and stamped the front and back then stapled the tags to each bag of cotton candy.

Makes a pretty simple and fun gift or party favor. They kids really seem to enjoy play and eating them!

***Fresh cotton on rainy days only last 2 hours before shrinking and 5 or so hours on regular dry days But of course it was raining the day we made ours so I made them right before we went out to deliver them. ***
The kits can be made ahead of time if you're using pre-package cotton candy.







             
    And finally let the kids have fun with it!
P.S. Don't forget to take photos of their creations.

Instagram Christmas at a glance


We'll miss Hoppy, he headed back to the North Pole on Christmas Eve, the kiddos had so much fun finding him every morning and laughing at his silliness like ballet dancing with our art mannequin.


Though we miss Hoppy we have some new visitors in our home to entertain us.
 welcome Blossom, Tippy and Tumbelina.


and later this week I'll post a tutorial on how to make this butterfly mobile it was my gift to Luna and Stream,  I just love how it turned out.

Well I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday and I didn't mind working on Christmas the day seem to just fly by and before I knew it we were home and warm and cozy snuggling on the sofa talking about how thankful we are for everything were are able to have and give.


Merry Christmas Everyone!




Inside of card




middle photo on the back

Hope you enjoyed! 
 
Please stop by my photography blog to see more HERE!

-Kate

Home for the Holidays!


We all long to spend the holidays with family and loved ones and that wish came true for nearly 100 troops from the 1165th Military Police Company! There were lots of tears and cheers as hundreds lined the streets to welcome them home, what a great day and gift and for those families, and those who can't be home for the holidays like me for whatever reason I hope you have a very Merry Christmas or Chanukah or Kwaanza and Happy New Year!





 Eco posing with the Dogwood trail Maids, remember her Halloween costume here doesn't it looked just like their's?

My little girl felt so special finally getting to meet them.





I think there's a really hungry troop coming off one of those buses.



Voted him the best smile of the day by me.
He just beams with joy!


Welcome Home and Merry Christmas Everyone!

Christmas in our Home


I love my kids and I especially love them during Christmastime they are just so sweet and really seem to be in the spirit of the season, here's a photo of Eco and Stream reading their Christmas pop-up book in front of our tree, aren't sisters just the best!

Stop by MckMama's and share your holiday tree blog post.

Winter has Arrived



Yes I think winter has finally arrived in the south the backyard looks so pretty and my favorite chair is surrounded by hues of yellow and red and I'm glad the peas made it outside to burn off some energy before the rain came. Eco got to wear her favorite sandal for probably the last time, I think her little toes look so cute in them.
I'm always amazed at how quickly the weather can change we're now inside listening to tornado warnings and watching the last leaves fall off our beautiful trees.




Yea! for the chance to enjoy the fresh air and for almost being done making all the Christmas presents! We're heading to the post office to send out the last of our holiday cards and I'm still perplexed over why the one to South Korea keeps being returned so I'll send it to your Mom's, miss ya!

Happy Holidays everyone!

Christmas 2009


DIY: Paperclip Fabric Flags


I was so excited to make these this morning we struggled trying to use the colored post-it paper flags to mark our school books but they either got folded or torn and didn't help much. So when I saw the DIY on Pinterest pinned from Ashley Ann's blog Under The Sycamore here I decided to make my own version and I just love how they turned out!

 bad blue paper flag... Yea! for new fabric ones.


All you'll need to get started is paperclips, fabric, ruler, 2 kinds of scissors regular shears and pinking shears, I used a hot glue gun but Aileen's fabric glue will also work fine.


Steps
 1. cut a strip of fabric about 3 1/4 inch long by 3/4 inch wide.



2. Fold fabric strip in half and cut the corners off at the fold.

3. slip fabric through the paperclip (I got my paperclips at Walmart and the ones I used had a square end rather than usual rounded end which made it easier to fold around the end).

4. Using a hot glue gun run a line of glue down the center and fold closed around the end of the paperclip.



5. With you scissors trim the three sides of the fabric flag, I used Pinking shears so they wouldn't fray.


6. You're finished! Now it's time to clip onto your favorite book or give out as a gift to a teacher.

Burnt Lemonade, really!??



I might be known to have burned rice a few times and maybe a batch of cookies but there's no way I can burn homemade lemonade it doesn't even involve the stove, right? so I have no idea why the white sugar turned brown, nope none. But I've heard caramel lemonade is all the rage in Europe, wink, wink.


And I most definitely don't take the kids for their annual line up so I can easily identify the one who knocks down the tree on Christmas morning fighting for the green pickle, nope that would be like booking them for a crime that hasn't yet been committed and moms never do that.

 
And I would never let one of my kids walk around with holes on the soles of his shoes because I have no idea what size he wears, and then break out into singing that Paul Simon's Diamonds on the Soles of her Shoes. 

He’s a poor boy
Empty as a pocket
Empty as a pocket with nothing to lose
Sing, Ta na na
Ta na na na
She got diamonds on the soles of her shoes
Ta na na
Ta na na na
She got diamonds on the soles of her shoes
Diamonds on the soles of her shoes
Diamonds on the soles of her shoes
Diamonds on the soles of her shoes
Diamonds on the soles of her shoes

Okay I'll admit I sing Paul Simon songs all the time and I was so excited to see him in concert
I posted all about it HERE and HERE.
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